Keith Hill highlights conflict between results and development as Rochdale seek back-to-back wins

By Suraj Radia

Keith Hill has urged his side not to let any poor results impact their impressive development as they prepare to face Barnet on Saturday.

The Dale face Edgar David’s men looking for their first back-to-back wins since September after beating Torquay United last weekend.

Hill feels his side have improved since he re-joined last month and believes it has created a sense of assurance around the club.

“I’m really pleased with the progress that the players have made on my behalf,” said Hill.

“There has been a good development from a player situation and from a results situation as well.

“Within football it is very difficult to look beyond the results because the harsh reality is that it is a results driven business.

“We’ve been beaten once in four and it was great to build the self-belief, confidence and have the collective effort to make sure the plan progresses and works.

“Results are very important but they can also be the enemy of what we’re trying to achieve because there’s so much negativity that comes with a bad result.”

Hill also revealed he did not anticipate any new faces coming through the Spotland doors before Saturday and has faith in his current crop of players.

“It’s unlikely [that we’ll recruit before the weekend] but we’ve got plenty of irons in the fire,” Hill said.

“We’ve got to appreciate the hard work that players have done so far and whether I do or do not recruit it will just be competition for places.

“Players work themselves into a team and they can work themselves out of a team. I’ve got to give the players a fair and equal opportunity.

“I feel as though I’ve done that and that I’m getting a little payback from the players that I’ve put a little bit of trust in so that trust has got to remain.

Rochdale will travel to Underhill without skipper Peter Cavanagh who remains sidelined with a calf injury while Bobby Grant is still suspended.

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